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" I think that computers today allow us one last opportunity to provide something like a level playingfield in America."
- William Gibson

Moving Roadway  
  A roadway that is in motion, with seats and kiosks, that goes around curves.  

This is the earliest reference to this topic that I know about.

It was not a roadway at all, as Graham understood such things, for in the nineteenth century the only roads and streets were beaten tracks of motionless earth, jostling rivulets of vehicles between narrow footways. But this roadway was three hundred feet across, and it moved; it moved, all save the middle, the lowest part. For a moment, the motion dazzled his mind. Then he understood.

Under the balcony this extraordinary roadway ran swiftly to Graham's right, an endless flow rushing along as fast as a nineteenth century express train, an endless platform of narrow transverse overlapping slats with little interspaces that permitted it to follow the curvatures of the street. Upon it were seats, and here and there little kiosks, but they swept by too swiftly for him to see what might be therein. From this nearest and swiftest platform a series of others descended to the centre of the space. Each moved to the right, each perceptibly slower than the one above it, but the difference in pace was small enough to permit anyone to step from any platform to the one adjacent, and so walk uninterruptedly from the swiftest to the motionless middle way. Beyond this middle way was another series of endless platforms rushing with varying pace to Graham's left. And seated in crowds upon the two widest and swiftest platforms, or stepping from one to another down the steps, or swarming over the central space, was an innumerable and wonderfully diversified multitude of people.

From When the Sleeper Wakes, by H.G. Wells.
Published by Unknown in 1899
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This reference is a generation earlier than Heinlein's The Roads Must Roll. See rolling road.

Of course, even earlier were the sliding walkways shown at the 1893 Chicago Exposition and the 1900 Paris Exposition . Here is a kinetoscope of the moving sidewalk from the 1900 Paris Exposition made by Thomas Ediston.

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